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A 49-year-old male asked:

When websites say flu is endemic but covid-19 is pandemic, does that mean pandemic is the first year of outbreak and endemic are the years following?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Endemic: A disease that is permanently found in a region is called endemic to that region. Pandemic refers to an extremely widespread outbreak of a disease that affects many people over different regions at the same time.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No: A pandemic is widespread serious infection/ disease that has spread to many countries or multiple continents. Endemic means that a particular infection/ condition is regularly found in a particular area.

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Last updated May 25, 2020

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